Ajijic, Uncategorized

Jimmy and her orchids

print available for purchase       Jimmy loves her orchids, her garden, her life. Orchids to her are more of a life-style than a hobby.  So when she invited me to her home to see them, of course I was eager.  It was a treat.  I wish I could remember all the names and things she told me about them, but I can’t.

There are three gardens.   First there is the front garden which you see when you enter through the black metal gates.  Then there is the orchid garden which is an enclosed patio from the house and lastly, there is the fruit orchard and flower bed garden at the back.

 

When you are walking through San Antonio, (an area in Ajijic) you see many sets of metal gates.  You really can’t guess what lies behind them.  There are homes and gardens of unimaginable intrigue and beauty.  I love Mexico for all its surprises.

 

Jimmy is a walking encyclopedia.  All I know is that I remember a lot of these flowers from Hawaii and I did have some in California.  Hers are very well loved and look very healthy.  It’s a full time job to keep everything watered and pruned and looking happy and pristine.

 

 

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Here is the beautiful orchid herself “Jimmy”.  She told me there were no boys in the family and she was the last one, so they named her Jimmy after her father.

When you enter the house, you see a table, a mirror and a collection of hats that she makes.  It’s a welcoming site.

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She knits baby layettes for charity with her knitting group, makes hats and does much more.

My favorite story she told me was when she went to elementary school in a one-room school house.  She always asked many questions, to the annoyance of lots of people. One day a new teacher told her she could ask as many questions as she liked.  She jumped for joy and went home saying, “My teacher said I could ask any questions I wanted.”  She said it was the happiest day of her life.  She still is an independent spirit.

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My quick watercolor of Jimmy.

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